Han Uil is a Dutch musician and record producer for his solo albums. He is best known as as composer/vocalist/guitarist for TumbleTown (a collaboration with Aldo Adema and Erik Laan) and as frontman for the bands Antares and Seven Day Hunt. In 2006 he released his debut solo album ‘Alone’ and in 2010 the well received second studio album ‘Dark in Light’ followed by the Americana influenced album ‘Han – Lawless local heroes’ (2015) .
Han started writing songs in the mid nineties. Gaining experience as a singer-songwriter by recording two acoustic solo albums on and old 4-track and playing lead guitar in a couple of indie bands. In 2000 he became front man of the Dutch progressive rock band Antares. The in own management released album ‘Choking the Stone’ (2001) was praised in the press. Noteworthy was a spot at the ProgPower Europe festival in 2002. Three years later the band decided to disband.
Accompanied by former Antares band mates he created the mellow, unconstrained debut album ‘Alone’. The album was a bit underexposed, but it included some strong tracks like ‘Alone on the rack’ and the Peter Hammill cover ‘Just good friends’.
In the same year Han was approached by Seven Day Hunt to write lyrics and record vocals for an album in the making. He joined the band, consisting of three former Edgon Heath members. Two years later the album ‘File this dream’ was released on UK label Festival records. It has been regarded as one of the most mature albums of the last decade from the Dutch progressive rock scene.
During the finishing of this album Han started writing material for a next solo effort. With ‘Dark in light’ (2010) Han created a very diverse but consistent record what had become a blend of (progressive) rock, blues and singer-songwriter style songs.Featuring guest performances by Seven Day Hunt members Aldo Adema, Jaap Mulder and Carola Magermans.
Han and Aldo co-operated on one song of this album ‘Memento’. Because this successful cooperation, they both decided to start a new studio project. TumbleTown was born. TumbleTown’s debut album ‘Done with the coldness’ had been released by FREIA Music, a Dutch independent music label in June 2013. The album is a brilliant mix of progressive and mainstream rock.
Meanwhile Han mastered two albums by Silhouette and started working on his third solo album ‘Lawless local heroes’.In 2015 Han released his third solo album ‘Lawless local heroes’. Shortly after, Aldo and Han decided to record a second TumbleTown album. During the production of the album, Silhouette keyboardist Erik Laan joined TumbleTown as a member. And then there were three!
‘Never too late’ (2018) was released by FREIA music and featured ten adventurous songs written by Han and powered by the solid drums of musical guest and Erik’s son, Arjan Laan (Skylake). The album was praised by most of the press.
In 2019 Han returns with his fourth solo album ‘Esoteric Euphony’ featuring ten daring songs in the line of TumbleTown, but with a twist. For this album Han is accompanied by Peter H. Boer (S.O.T.E., Illumion) on bass, Maurizio Antonini on drums. Furthermore, there are additional vocal performances by Esther Ladiges (Illumion), Caroline Joy and Kate Mitchell.